2018 Goals & Discipline

I am a very goal oriented person.  If I don’t have something to strive for, something to achieve, then I will just waste my days and be less likely to accomplish much.  I’ve found that I’m happiest and I become closer to the version of my ideal self when I set solid goals.  I use the word “goals” instead of new years resolutions, not because I’m against new years resolutions, but because sometimes my goals are shorter in length then 1 whole year.  What usually works best for me is setting 13 week goals based on the yearly goals I set.

So for 2018, here are a few of my yearly goals, which I later will break down into 13 week goals:

  • Read a book for at least 30 minutes every day
  • Compete in at least 2 OCRs
  • Get below 15% BF
  • 100,000 Push-ups
  • Run 365 Miles
  • No sugary drinks (soda, tea, lemonade etc.)
  • Triple crypto portfolio value

Many of the goals listed will require quite a bit of dedication and focus.  In the past I’ve chosen a word to use as a theme for the year.  For 2018, I’ve decided DISCIPLINE is my theme.  I’ve set many goals for 2018, many of which are not listed here.  I will need extreme discipline to stay on track and develop the habits necessary to accomplish my goals.

12 months from now, I will look back and reflect on these goals to hold myself accountable.  

50,000 Push-ups

As 2017 is coming to a close I look back on what I’ve done this past year. Things like buying a house, growing a business, and traveling to some pretty cool places are nice accomplishments.  However, one of the biggest goals at the beginning of the year was to do 50,000 push-ups by the end of the year.  That comes out to around 137 push-ups per day.  Why push-ups? Why 50,000?

I was first inspired to do this back in college.  Toward the end of 2006 I realized that even though I was pretty athletic, I only had an average amount of muscle mass and strength.  So, I started lifting weights regularly and looking for ideas to build muscle mass and strength.  One day I read about a college football player who had a very unique training plan. He did 100,000 push-ups, and 100,000 sit-ups throughout 1 calendar year.  I thought this was pretty crazy, but I was also inspired by it.  I figured that if this guy could do 100,000 push-ups and 100,000 sit-ups, surely I could do just 50,000 push-ups.  So, just like that, I set a goal for 2007 to do 50k push-ups by the end of the year. Each day I would write down on a piece of paper how many push-ups I did so that I could keep track throughout the year. And sure enough by the end of the year, I hit 50,000.

Flash forward to 2017.  I reflected back to my challenge from 10 years earlier. I remember the sense of accomplishment I felt at the end of the year.  So, I decided to do it again. Another 50,000 push-ups in 1 year.  However, this time I decided to challenge a few of my friends to join me.  Initially there were 6 of us that were going to do it,  but it quickly dwindled down to 3, then after a month, there were just 2 of us.  For added accountability we used a google spreadsheet to record our daily pushups.  This worked much better than trying to keep up with a piece of paper.  

The first month is usually the hardest. Going from doing 0 push-ups per day to 137+ takes quite a toll.  But after a few weeks I started getting use to it.  What worked best for me was to do around 50 before I headed to the gym, then another 50 in the evening, followed by 37 before bed.  As the months went by, I was able to do more push-ups in one session.  I started doing 75 before going to the gym in the morning, then another 75 in the evening.  I kept this split up for the rest of the year.

By the time October got here I was so sick of push-ups.  Its not that they were difficult, its just that I didn’t want to spend the 5 minutes each session doing them.  They were becoming monotonous.  But, I couldn’t stop at 40,000 – so I pressed on.  Eventually I finished my 50k right before Christmas.  It felt good to hit that milestone again.  

Now looking forward to 2018, I’m debating whether or not to do push-ups again, or set another goal.  50k? 100k? Running a mile a day? Not sure yet, but I have a few days to figure it out before the new year starts.


2017 Photo Recap

2017 was another year full of adventure and changes.  Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Obstacle Course Races, Moving Into a New House, Concerts, Going to the Range, Football, and more. Here are photos from some of the highlights.




Warrior Dash 2017 w/ @spmag #warriordash

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Floating the Illinois River. #summer #mantrip #floating

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Matchbox 20 & Counting Crows #abriefhistorytour #nostalgia with @apojezny

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Adventure is worthwhile. -Aesop #grandtetons #nationalpark #wyoming #jacksonhole #travel

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30 Lessons in 30 years

I will be turning 30 years old next month.  I’ve been reflecting on many things I’ve learned over the years and I’ve come up with 30 business lessons I’ve learned.  I will probably create a separate list that is not business related.

  1. Get Mentors.
  2. Always get paid upfront.  At least 50%.
  3. Take risks.
  4. Hire people that are smarter than you, and reward them for great work.
  5. Have solid contracts and update them to account for lessons learned.
  6. Don’t be afraid to fire clients.
  7. Eliminate limiting beliefs.
  8. You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with
  9. Keep a record of all communication with clients – email, audio and video recordings.
  10. If you are unsure that you want to proceed with a client or project, say no.  Its either 100% Yes, or 100% No.
  11. Don’t invest in something you don’t fully understand.
  12. Be different, use unconventional tactics to gain an edge.
  13. Know your value, and know how to convey that value to clients.
  14. The Internet is forever. Don’t type anything online you don’t want associated with you for the rest of your life.
  15. Say what you mean, and do what you say.
  16. People do business with those who they know, like and trust.
  17. Create multiple income streams.
  18. Learn how to sell. Don’t be afraid – just do it.
  19. Outsource what you don’t enjoy doing.
  20. Inbox Zero is challenging at first, but very rewarding.
  21. Just get started, and you’ll figure it out as you go.
  22. Create a business that solves people’s problems.
  23. Time is way more valuable than money – use it wisely.
  24. Always be improving.
  25. Never violate your morals for financial gain.
  26. You can become an expert a lot faster than you might think.
  27. The faster you fail, the faster you will succeed.
  28. Don’t neglect your health.
  29. Reinvest profits to grow faster.
  30. Set a goal, then 10x it. 

Crypto Summer

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last few months, you’ve probably heard people talk about Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies exploding in value.  Since the beginning of 2017, the two largest cryptocurrencies Bitcoin and Ethereum have gained several hundred to several thousand percent in value.  This summer we have seen the rise in popularity of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), similar to an IPO on the stock market.  Investors have been jumping in left and right to get their stake in ICOs across a number of different industries in the cryptocurrency space.  These ICOs usually try to raise tens of millions of dollars, and then see a vast rise in value after the ICOs are over.

CoinMarketCap.com Snapshot – July 9, 2017

There have been several people who have called for the death of bitcoin over the years, and its quite funny to read their articles or listen to their interviews only to see BTCs value continue to increase over time. This is an exciting space to be involved in.  I believe this is just merely the start of a revolution with blockchain technology.  I previously wrote a post about blockchain and the exciting future it will bring, and it now looks like the future is coming fast.  

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